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Notizie | 11/06/2018

SSC Napoli is delighted to announce the signing of Simone Verdi from Bologna on a five-year deal.

Born in Broni, Pavia on 12 July 1992, Simone Verdi came through the youth ranks at AC Milan but only made two senior appearances for the Rossoneri – in the 2009/10 Coppa Italia – before moving to Torino.

Simone played 12 games for Torino in Serie B in 2011/12 and four in Serie A the following season before switching to Juve Stabia in January 2013, where he racked up a further 20 matches in Serie B.

That summer he joined Empoli, also in Serie B, and helped them gain promotion to the top flight weighing in with five goals in 40 matches.

In 2014/15 Verdi featured 26 times and scored once in Serie A.

After a brief spell in Spain with Eibar (making nine appearances in the Primera Division), he returned to Italy and spent the second half of the 2015/16 campaign with Carpi, notching three goals in eight games.

That was enough to prompt Bologna to sign him in the summer of 2016, and he repaid them with 16 goals in 62 appearances over the last two terms – reaching double figures last season.

In total, the Italy forward has made a century of Serie A appearances, notching 20 goals.

Simone made his top-flight debut on 30 September 2012 when Giampiero Ventura brought him on for Alessio Cerci in the 78th minute of Atalanta 1-5 Torino.

Verdi's first Serie A goal actually came at the Stadio San Paolo on 7 December 2014, when he opened the scoring for Empoli in the 19th minute of an eventual 2-2 draw.

The forward has made a total of 72 Serie B appearances (no goals), 11 in the Coppa Italia (three goals), nine in the Spanish Primera Division (no goals) and four in the Copa del Rey (one goal).

At international level he has five U21 caps (one goal) and four for the senior side.